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Off The Beat: It’s in the Cannes!

The rain, the heat, the crowds, the croissants, the movies. This is the Cannes Film Festival, or where I was the past few weeks. Cannes is a little city on the French Riviera, and how did I get there? I was sent by the San Francisco Film Society, along with
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Custom Screening: Visions of Europe

Last weekend, as cinephiles the world over compared their picks for the Cannes Film Festival’s revered Palm d’Or award, another festival grabbed the attention of some 100 million viewers around the world. That festival was the Eurovision Song Contest that, last Saturday, crowned Sweden’s Loreen champion. Eurovision began in 1956
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Custom Screening: Notes from a mad ad man

I must confess that until this summer — when I was lucky enough to spend three nights in a hotel — I had not watched an entire TV program on an actual television in America.In February, I managed to squeeze in the last half hour of the Super Bowl. I’m
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Custom Screening: Betwixt two Poes

Hollywood has never shied away from saturating multiplexes with several films of similar origin. Hollywood sent two “Alexander” film — based on the life of Alexander the Great — into production in the same year. British fantasy adaptations, “Harry Potter” and “The Lord of the Rings,” came out within days
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Custom Screening: Dreams for my brother

Dear reader, before you is my second and possibly last column for The  Daily Californian. In the coming weeks I will become far, far too famous to spend my precious time writing for you. Take a good look at my mugshot, dear reader. I should think that in the coming
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Custom Screening: Tootsie Pops and the city

In television terms, this column is a pilot…” is the opening statement I have arrived at as I reluctantly minimize the iTunes window that has been indulging my procrastination for the last two hours with back-to-back “Sex and the City” episodes. Remember that moment in “Pulp Fiction” when Jules tells
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Coachella: The happiest place on earth

Saturday afternoon, I stood in the front row looking up at warrior goddess Merrill Garbus as she raised her melodic battle cry over Coachella. At one point, the singer-songwriter of tUne-yArDs fame asked the crowd to do her a favor. “I want all of you to close your eyes and slowly
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TV Land: It’s not lupus, it’s the end

This is the end. If I were more eloquent, I might delight you all with an- inspirational quote. But alas, the only saying that comes to mind is: “Jessica, please put a shirt on.” It’s something that my roommate tells me frequently because I’m staunchly anti-clothing and pro making her
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TV Land: The young and the restless

There’s no use avoiding the main television event of this week. Clay Aiken had his hand up a puppet’s ass on “The Celebrity Apprentice” and everybody was talking about it. No they weren’t. Who am I kidding? Everybody was (is) talking, texting, telegraphing and carrier pigeon messaging about Lena Dunham’s
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TV Land: The power of the press — TV versus print

This column had four different introductions before I decided on counting them, drinking a glass of chocolate milk and then writing this sentence. And boy am I glad I wrote it. Look at it there in its stunning radiance. Truth is, it’s been a difficult week. Monday was most unpleasant.
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